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Elon Musk's Tesla battery in South Australia poised for final testing

Elon Musk's Tesla battery in South Australia poised for final testing

Jay Weatherill says Tesla has finished installing powerpacks and 100-megawatt battery will now be energised and testedThe world’s largest lithium-ion battery, which is being built in South Australia
Vanuatu leads push to make narcotic drink kava a worldwide favourite

Vanuatu leads push to make narcotic drink kava a worldwide favourite

Impoverished Pacific island nations aim to capitalise on famously potent spirit that can only be made from local plantThe Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu is leading a push to standardise production of
Papua New Guinea police move to clear Manus detention centre – video

Papua New Guinea police move to clear Manus detention centre – video

Dramatic footage filmed inside the decommissioned Manus Island detention centre show a PNG police operation under way to move detainees out, more than three weeks into a deteriorating humanitarian
Protesters build Holocaust memorial at home of far-right German politician

Protesters build Holocaust memorial at home of far-right German politician

Replica of Berlin monument erected by art collective after AfD’s Björn Höcke told Germans to stop atoning for wartime guiltA group of activists unveiled a replica of Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial
Russian billionaire senator under investigation in France

Russian billionaire senator under investigation in France

Resources magnate Suleiman Kerimov was arrested in Nice on suspicion of aggravated laundering of tax fraud proceedsA French judge has placed the Russian businessman and senator Suleiman Kerimov, whose
John Cantlie: plea for release of British Isis hostage five years after kidnap

John Cantlie: plea for release of British Isis hostage five years after kidnap

Media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders says Cantlie is one of around 22 journalists and media workers still heldMedia rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders has called for renewed efforts
'Famine as mass atrocity': in conversation with Alex de Waal – podcast

'Famine as mass atrocity': in conversation with Alex de Waal – podcast

When the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, they planned to starve 30 million people to death. Seven decades on, famine as a weapon of war is making a comeback, says the author of an authoritative new
Car production rises as exports make up for falling UK demand

Car production rises as exports make up for falling UK demand

Just over 157,000 cars produced in October, 3.5% more than same time last year, as exports rise by 5% and domestic demand falls 2.9%Car production increased last month as rising exports made up for
Completion of London's Thameslink rail project delayed until December 2019

Completion of London's Thameslink rail project delayed until December 2019

Promise of 24 Thameslink trains running through central London each hour will not be fulfilled until another £900m of work is carried outThe £7.5bn Thameslink project designed to run trains
Manus Island: PNG police move into detention centre and tell refugees to leave

Manus Island: PNG police move into detention centre and tell refugees to leave

• Peter Dutton confirms ‘police operation’ under way • Journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani arrested • Refugees report they have been told to hand over phones and go within hoursA police
Twelve former Australians of the Year condemn government and urge action on Manus

Twelve former Australians of the Year condemn government and urge action on Manus

Open letter begs Australian government to restore essential services to detention centre and to let doctors treat men thereTwelve former Australians of the Year have condemned the actions of the
'Entitled' Beverly Hills parents drive kids' soccer ref to quit: 'I despise you'

'Entitled' Beverly Hills parents drive kids' soccer ref to quit: 'I despise you'

Avery Krut pens withering letter explaining his departure, saying parents are ‘disrespectful and damaging the children’ with their behaviourAvery Krut’s farewell letter to the parents of Beverly Hills
Traditional cider makers say tax on strong brands will hurt their business

Traditional cider makers say tax on strong brands will hurt their business

Duty band for super-strength white cider and perry will penalise us, warn artisansTraditional cider makers have warned they will be unfairly penalised by a tax on super-strength cider, as the rest of
Trump's company reaches deal to cut ties with Trump SoHo hotel

Trump's company reaches deal to cut ties with Trump SoHo hotel

Company to end agreement with New York hotel by the end of the year Property has attracted scrutiny, including fraud investigationThe Trump Organization is ending its association with the Trump SoHo
Uber faces slew of investigations in wake of 'outrageous' data hack cover-up

Uber faces slew of investigations in wake of 'outrageous' data hack cover-up

US, UK, Australia and Philippines to investigate hack that affected 57m peopleGlobal nature of breach exposes Uber to potential liability in many regionsUber is facing government scrutiny around the
Boycott of Street ice-creams ends as unions hail ‘huge victory’

Boycott of Street ice-creams ends as unions hail ‘huge victory’

Workers at Sydney factory vote to end ban after Unilever withdraws application to terminate enterprise agreementFactory workers at Streets have told Australians they are now free to enjoy the
Ann Maguire inquest jury finds opportunities missed to save teacher

Ann Maguire inquest jury finds opportunities missed to save teacher

Returning verdict of unlawful killing, jury notes failure of pupils who Will Cornick told of plan to harm Maguire to alert adultThere were missed opportunities to save a teacher stabbed to death by
Morning mail: life sentence for the 'Butcher of Bosnia'

Morning mail: life sentence for the 'Butcher of Bosnia'

Thursday: Ratko Mladić rages at UN tribunal. Plus: the no vote for marriage equality reflects religion not ethnicity, Tim Soutphommasane saysGood morning, this is Eleanor Ainge Roy bringing you the
Hammond safe at No 11 after 'clanger-free' budget

Hammond safe at No 11 after 'clanger-free' budget

An optimistic, gaffe-free chancellor offered enough to keep his key to No 11 – at least for nowJust days ago, Philip Hammond was battling for his political life amid television gaffes and pressure
Scotland 'shortchanged' by budget's lack of cash for vital services – SNP

Scotland 'shortchanged' by budget's lack of cash for vital services – SNP

£2bn boost will not halt drop in funds available for day-to-day spending, claims finance secretary Derek Mackay Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, faces tougher choices on public spending